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Explosive Eruption at Sangeang Api in Indonesia
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New reports from Indonesia tell of an sizable explosive eruption that occurred today at Sangeang Api. These news report suggest ash falling upwards of 30 km from the volcano with a 3 km (10,000 foot) ash plume while the Darwin VAAC warning of the eruption lists ash spotted by pilots as high as 20-50 km […]

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FCC may re-define “broadband” as 10Mbps to reflect actual Internet usage
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The Federal Communications Commission defines “broadband” Internet as bandwidth of 4Mbps downstream and 1Mbps up. But many Internet services want consumers to use more than that. Netflix, for example, recommends 5Mbps for high-definition video and 25Mbps for “Ultra HD 4K” quality. The FCC is thus considering raising the definition of broadband from 4Mbps to 10Mbps or […]

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Using email? Text messages? Congrats, you’re in the ‘underbelly of dark social sharing’
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Plus: ‘You don’t teach dolphins with a shock collar’ Quotw  NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden got tired of hearing himself referred to as a tech geek this week and told the world that, actually, he’s real-life James Bond type. Speaking to NBC News, Snowden said he wasn’t some lowly outside contractor, but a bonafide 007:…

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In NBC interview, Snowden says NSA watches our digital thoughts develop
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Screenshot from NBC’s interview of Edward Snowden. In his first interview with a major US network news organization since leaking a treasure trove of documents related to the US national security apparatus, former US intelligence contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden told NBC “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams that he has been misrepresented by the mainstream media […]

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Tesla’s TOP SECRET gigafactories: Lithium to power world’s vehicles? Let’s do the sums
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It’s limited good news for Elon Worstall on Wednesday  As we all know, Tesla and SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk – with that forward-thinking “vision” the hyperloop hoper is known for – is touting around plans for a “gigafactory”.…

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'Asteroid to hit Earth' story goes up on CNN, people believe it
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A user posts a fake news piece to CNN’s iReport news hub. It stays live for 22 hours before someone realizes it must surely not be true.

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Taking Lots Of Selfies Is Not A Mental Disorder
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 Have you heard? The American Psychological Association says that taking an excessive amount of selfies is now considered a mental disorder. But of course this claim, which predictably spread like Kardashian wedding news on social media channels this weekend, is completely false. It was the hoax we all wanted to be real. It was vindication that certain annoying people […]

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Mesa 10.2 Will Feature Better Adreno Driver, OpenMAX, Cherryview Support
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Via Phoronix comes news that Mesa 10.2 will be released in a few days with several interesting new features. Highlights include OpenGL 2.1 support for Freedreno (the driver for the Qualcomm graphics chips), video encoding and decoding on GCN Radeons using the new OpenMAX state tracker, and initial support for Intel’s upcoming Cherryview Atom SoC. […]

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US Nuclear Plants Expanding Long-Term Waste Storage Facilities
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mdsolar (1045926) writes with news of nuclear plants across the U.S. dealing with the consequences of the failure of Yucca Mountain. From the article: “The steel and concrete containers used to store the waste on-site were envisioned as only a short-term solution when introduced in the 1980s. Now they are the subject of reviews by […]

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